Two teams having surprising seasons for different reasons made a trade before Monday's deadline -- the disappointing Edmonton Oilers reportedly shipping forward Patrick Maroon to the upstart New Jersey Devils.
The Oilers receive a third-round draft pick and prospect J.D. Dudek.
After making a run to the second round last season, the Oilers were a popular choice to make the Stanley Cup Final this season, but they are 15 points out of the second wild card. The rebuilding Devils, on the other hand, have the first wild card in the East and also added forward Michael Grabner from the Rangers.
Maroon had a breakout season in 2016-17, his first full campaign with the Oilers after being acquired by them in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks. He set a career high in goals with 27.
He isn't on pace to match that goal scoring but could post his first 20-goal, 20-assist campaign. He has 14 goals and 16 assists this season.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound winger offers size on an attacking line and can serve as an economic rental for a playoff push, as he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and is carrying a $1.5 million cap hit in 2017-18.